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Ditching the Kinect requirement is boosting Xbox One sales

Xbox One Sales Improving

Although Microsoft still has plenty of catching up to do in the coming months, the Xbox One is finally seeing a jolt in sales after the removal of Kinect and subsequent $100 price drop. At a talk attended by TrustedReviews, Xbox UK Marketing Director Harvey Eagle claimed the company is pleased by the improvement.

“Our momentum has really improved in the past weeks and months and we’re obviously really happy about that,” said Eagle. “And by momentum I mean sales.”

Not only was removing Kinect good for consumers, it also frees up some of the Xbox One’s power, allowing developers to get more out of their games on the new console. With a 10% GPU boost, the resolution-gate which has dominated the conversation for much of the past year might finally be put to rest. That’s not to say a future full of 1080p, 60fps releases is right around the corner, but at least it’s finally in reach.

Microsoft said the following in a statement regarding the GPU boost:

“Xbox One games look beautiful and have rich gameplay and platform features. How developers choose to access the extra GPU performance for their games will be up to them. We have started working with a number of developers on how they can best take advantage of these changes.”

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.